Herp of the day

Herp of the day: Pinocchio Anole

The Pinocchio Anole (Anolis proboscis) also known as the Proboscis anole, Ecuadorian horned anole or Pinocchio lizard, is a small lizard belonging to the genus Anolis. 

A single male specimen was discovered in 1953 in Ecuador and formally described by Peters and Orces in 1956, but the species then went unreported until a rediscovery in 2007.

It has a total body length (excluding tail) of roughly 50–75 mm. Males possess a conspicuous proboscis, an elongated structure arising from the middle of the snout and about 10–20 mm in length; it appears to be used in courtship displays, as is the dewlap that is present in both sexes.

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